Gene Watson’s ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky’ (MCA Records, 1983): Country Music People Review: July 1983

Gene Watson has been singing professionally since the late 1950s and has been a country music album recording artist since the late 1960s.

Gene Watson’s contribution to the country music genre is immeasurable.

It is here where you have an opportunity to read a review of Gene Watson’s ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky‘ (MCA Records, 1983), as published in the July 1983 issue of Country Music People.

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Country Music People have long ago nailed its colours to the mast where Gene Watson is concerned. CMP has rigorously championed Gene Watson’s cause down through the years and have published a number of reviews of his album releases.

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Sometimes I Get Lucky‘ (MCA Records, 1983)
Country Music People, July 1983

This review of ‘Sometimes I Get Lucky‘ (MCA Records, 1983) by Alan Cackett was published in the July 1983 issue of Country Music People, and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the publishers.

Album Review by
 Alan Cackett
(**** out of 5)
‘Gene Watson has once again put together a fine new album containing country songs old and new.

This is a bit shorter on classics than Gene’s previous releases, but for those who are dedicated Watson fans, this is just for you.

The finest cut on an album filled with good ones is Sonny Throckmorton‘s ‘She Sure Makes Leavin’ Seem Easy’.  Here Watson summons up the precise tone of pain and pride to burn in Throckmorton‘s precise images.

He does it again with his incisive interpretation of ‘Thinkin’ ‘Bout Leaving’, a song tailor-made for the Watson style.

As usual the album is full of soft ballads, but he does include a couple of up-tempo honky-tonkers like ‘You’re Just Another Beer Drinkin’ Song’, a message song with a sing-along chorus that comes across both lively and heartfelt, and his latest single, ‘You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without’.

For the first time on record he is accompanied by his excellent road band, and the overall sound is little different to that usually provided by the famed Nashville session men.

Assisting The Farewell Party Band are Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) on guitar, and Lisa Silver and Buddy Spicher on fiddle’.

Alan Cackett
Country Music People
July 1983